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Influenza, more commonly called the flu, is often perceived as a harmless illness. While most people recover from influenza in as few as seven days, it can be much more difficult for those over 65.1,2

Friendly nurse in clinic speaking to a mother holding her toddler daughter, discussing childhood vaccination options

As children grow up, their parents try to do everything in their power to keep them safe, happy, and healthy. According to the World Health Organization, one of the most cost-effective health investments is to have your kids vaccinated and ensure their vaccines are up to date.3

Beautiful pink and purple sunset taken from an airplane, just above the clouds.

Planning and going on vacation is one of our great Canadian pastimes, but when travelling outside of Canada it’s important to remember you may be at risk of coming in contact with vaccine-preventable illnesses.4

Fit and vibrant senior couple, arms linked, cheerfully posing for a photo in front of a textured blue wall.

Have you been bitten by the travel bug? Whether you have a serious case of wanderlust but haven’t decided where to go, or have meticulously planned a backpacking trek with your friends, you’ll want to truly enjoy the experience and return home safe and sound.

REFERENCES:

  1. Public Health Agency of Canada (2016). An Advisory Committee Statement (ACS) National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Canadian Immunization Guide Chapter on Influenza and Statement on Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for 2016-2017 http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/naci-ccni/assets/pdf/flu-2016-2017-grippe-eng.pdf
  2. Public Health Agency of Canada (2016). An Advisory Committee Statement (ACS) National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): A Review of the Literature of High Dose Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for Adults 65 Years and Older http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/naci-ccni/assets/pdf/influenza-vaccine-65-plus-vaccin-contre-la-grippe-65-plus-eng.pdf.
  3. World Health Organization. Health Topics: Immunization. http://www.who.int/topics/immunization/en/
  4. Government of Canada. Travel Health and Safety. Vaccination. https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/vaccines